Commenting on reports that the Kids Company charity could close, Labour’s London Assembly Economic Spokesperson Fiona Twycross AM said:
“If reports that Kids Company is to close are true it will have a devastating impact on the many young people who have come to rely on their support. Whilst it’s becoming clear that there are serious financial and governance issues that need to be addressed at Kids Company, this should not be allowed to impact on the vulnerable young people the organisation works with.
“With councils facing significant cuts, organisations like Kids Company are increasingly relied upon to support and mentor young people. The Mayor and local councils must now put in place solid plans to deal with the fallout from any closure. It is vital that we ensure vulnerable young people are not left feeling abandoned. The timing could not be worse with many of the children affected reliant on the projects Kids Company runs for their main meal of the day during the school holidays.”